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Carl William Joecks

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Carl William Joecks

Colchester - Carl William Joecks, 74, passed away peacefully at the Respite House in Colchester on the evening of January 11, 2019. Throughout his time there, he was visited by friends and family and well cared for by the compassionate and amazing staff.

Carl was born in Dumont, New Jersey on August 19th, 1944, the only child of Carl E. and Dorothy Joecks.

Carl spent his childhood and teenage years enamored with science fiction, comic books, radio programs and astronomy. He gravitated toward Formula 1 racing, fencing and boating. Because of Dorothy's upbringing in Vergennes, his family bought a summer home on the lake in Panton. All his summers were spent on Lake Champlain cruising in his boat, fishing, and swimming. Those times were one of the great joys of Carl's childhood.

He attended Ottowa University in Kansas and majored in history and political science, with a special interest in speech and debate. After graduating, he taught speech and debate in Hiram College in Ohio. From there, he worked toward his doctorate in Kent State University. Because of the horrific events of May, 1970, he moved back to Vermont.

Carl worked at Lowell & Austin Inc., then struck out on his own, buying and selling collectibles, doing carpentry and repairing equipment. In addition, he co-managed the speech and debate team at South Burlington High School, and ran the camera and repaired equipment for Channel 17 in Burlington. He treasured the people there.

Carl married Deb Myers in February 1979, and the two settled first in Underhill, and then Essex Junction, VT. In the 1980s, they had two sons, Logan and Sawyer.

He was a regular fixture at flea markets, garage sales, and re-use rooms. If something was electronic, it was in his house. Photography was a passion, as well as books, cars, watches, cameras, and anything finely made.

Carl is survived by his wife, Deb, his son Logan (Celie), grandsons Henry Carl, and Graham Joecks, and Evan McFarlin, son Sawyer (Rachel), grandchildren Vivian and Miles Joecks, sister-in-law Marcia Crawford and her husband David, and brothers-in-law Steve and Peter Myers, as well as nieces, nephews and countless friends and colleagues.

A celebration of Carl's life will be held on Sunday, January 27 at the Clubhouse at Ridgewood Condominiums on Swift Street in South Burlington at 2PM. Donations in his memory can be made to Channel 17 (

If you would like to honor Carl, the next time you see a spider in your house, pick it up carefully and gently usher it out the door. And wish it godspeed.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 14, 2019
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